~ An editorial by Kevin Richards
For the final assignment of the Advanced Photography Course I’ve done with DPC, we were tasked with doing an editorial shoot on a chosen topic. I chose “Wearing Masks” and decided to post the editorial in its original format for all to see.
My idea for this project actually started out as a simple portrait shoot with some masks that I would source, but it slowly evolved as I planned it out. It became a little more personal as I tried to present little pieces of myself in each idea. This then evolved further when I realized through this process, that I often present myself to people in a manner which corresponds to the situation I am in and that I vary rarely show the real me. From this I decided to twist the mask idea a little, still showing these little bits of me, but in each shot, the mask reveals more than it hides.
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This was my first real attempt at using a full studio setup (in my garage) and I used up to 5 lights in some shots making it quite daunting. All the subjects are family or friends and they were not used to posing, but they were all fantastically helpful!
I chose a quite textured editing style for the project and tried to subtly bring in colours and textures that emphasized the themes and sub-themes of each shot. After this, I was no longer scared of Photoshop.
This was quite a personal journey for me and it was actually refreshing to express myself in a way I never thought possible before I discovered photography. I really enjoyed this project and it has opened my eyes to the possibilities as well as guided me into a distinctive style of my own that I want to keep exploring and refining. Thank you once again DPC!